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German Zoophiles Sue Government Over Potential Bestiality Ban
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Since 1969, zoophilia has been legal in Germany. Animal rights groups and mostly everybody else don’t particularly like that it’s legal, but it’s legal nonetheless. Now the German courts are looking to reverse that decision and ban zoophilia, but practitioners …

Apple Throws Tantrum, Adds More Samsung Products To Lawsuit Apple Throws Tantrum, Adds More Samsung Products To Lawsuit

Did you hear? Apple finally settled its patent disputes with HTC, and both companies can now move on. In fact, both companies signed a 10-year license agreement that allows the two to share any present and future patents between them. …

Google Book Scanning Legal Saga Continues Google Book Scanning Legal Saga Continues

Last month, Google announced that after seven years of litigation, the company finally reached a settlement with the Association of American Publishers regarding book scanning. The saga, however, is not over yet. On Friday, Google filed a brief in New …

Apple Publishes Revised Samsung Statement Apple Publishes Revised Samsung Statement

It’s rare for Apple to admit any wrongdoing. It’s even more rare when it comes to its competition as it took a court order for Apple to say that Samsung did not copy the iPad. The first public statement, however, …

Google Reportedly Loses Defamation Case In Australia Google Reportedly Loses Defamation Case In Australia
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Google has lost a defamation suit in Australia, which could have bigger ramifications for how it handles situations when people complain about search results. A man from Melbourne sued the search giant after he tried to get Google to remove …

Google And Rosetta Stone Settle Trademark Dispute After 3 Years In Court Google And Rosetta Stone Settle Trademark Dispute After 3 Years In Court

Google and Rosetta Stone have been battling in court for several years. Both companies have had favorable rulings at one time or another. Rosetta Stone claimed that Google infringed upon its trademarks, but on Wednesday announced a settlement. Rosetta Stone …

UK Court Orders Apple To Rewrite Its Samsung Statement UK Court Orders Apple To Rewrite Its Samsung Statement
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Last week, Apple published a statement on its Web site saying that Samsung did not copy the iPad. The statement was ordered by a UK court after Apple lost its patent battle against Samsung. Now the courts are saying that …

Big Patent Suit Against Google Over Quality Score Goes To Trial Big Patent Suit Against Google Over Quality Score Goes To Trial

Last year, a company called Vringo sued Google over a couple of patents, and last week, the case began trial in Virginia. The patents are directly related to AdWords and AdSense, which are obviously vital to Google’s revenue. One patent …

Dish Network Finally Has AMC Again Dish Network Finally Has AMC Again
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Dish Network and AMC have finally worked out a deal that once again makes the channel available to Dish subscribers. Cablevision Systems Corporation and AMC Networks announced on Sunday that they have settled litigation with Dish Network, filed in the …

Google Continues To Battle Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links Google Continues To Battle Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links
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Google prepared a note about a proposal by French lawmakers and backed by French news publsihers, which want search engines to license all of their content. Publishers want to be paid for the privilege of linking to their content. Obviously, …

Google Accused Of Violating Your Privacy Again Google Accused Of Violating Your Privacy Again
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Google violates your privacy in all kinds of awful ways, or at least that’s what the online privacy proponents would have you believe. The last major privacy hurdle Google had to jump involved the company’s Street View service. Some investigations …

Criminal Investigation Into Google’s Street View To Be Dropped [Report] Criminal Investigation Into Google’s Street View To Be Dropped [Report]

Google has had trouble with its popular Street View product in Germany since the beginning. There were privacy concerns about it in the country before it finally received the go ahead from German courts, and ultimately launched in that country …

The Supreme Court Doesn’t Care About Your Privacy The Supreme Court Doesn’t Care About Your Privacy

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the government began to implement programs that would “protect” the country and its citizens from future attacks. One of those plans was an amendment to FISA that would allow warrantless wiretapping of American citizens. …

Pandora Didn’t Violate Your Privacy By Hooking Up With Facebook Pandora Didn’t Violate Your Privacy By Hooking Up With Facebook

Did you link your Pandora account with Facebook when the integration launched in 2010? Did you feel that your privacy was being infringed upon by doing so? If so, you might be upset to learn that the justice system doesn’t …

Facebook Takes Issue With Part Of Child Privacy Law Facebook Takes Issue With Part Of Child Privacy Law
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Websites that are collecting information from children under the age of thirteen are required to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Facebook is concerned with COPPA, in how it relates to plug-ins, like the company’s ever-popular “Like” …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Ban Lifted In United States Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Ban Lifted In United States
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To say that Samsung had a rough August would be a massive understatement. The company lost a major patent battle against Apple to the tune of $1 billion, and now faces the possibility of a sales ban being brought against …

Buscapé Implies Google Breached Ruling From Brazilian Court Buscapé Implies Google Breached Ruling From Brazilian Court

According to a court document, a Brazilian court recently rejected claims by shopping comparison site Buscapé that Google is a monopoly, and essentially does not conduct its business in a way that is fair to competitors. We talked about this …

TiVo To Get In On Redbox Instant TiVo To Get In On Redbox Instant

TiVo announced today that it has settled pending patent litigation with Verizon. The two companies have entered into a mutual patent licensing arrangement under which Verizon will provide TiVo “total compensation worth at least $250.4 million.” Part of the agreement …

Court Grants Stay In Google Books Case Court Grants Stay In Google Books Case

For a quick update on the ongoing case between Google and the Authors Guild over Google Books, a judge granted a stay in the case on Tuesday, while the court reviews the recent decision to give authors the go ahead …

Twitter Finally Gives Up Occupy Protester’s Tweets Twitter Finally Gives Up Occupy Protester’s Tweets
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The saga of New York criminal court, Twitter, and #Occupy protestor Malcolm Harris appears to have come to a close, as Twitter has officially handed over tweets that they had been fighting to protect for months. The story, which begins …

Court Finds That Google Is Not A Monopoly. Agree? Court Finds That Google Is Not A Monopoly. Agree?
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In June, we asked readers if they think Google is a monopoly or if people just prefer it. We got quite a range of answers. The argument hasn’t gone away. In fact, if anything, it’s ramped up more than ever. …